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This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

If you use equipment to receive live broadcast TV programmes, or to watch or download on-demand programmes via the BBC iPlayer, then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Paxman: Lumbering BBC Should Ditch TV Licence Fee

Veteran BBC broadcaster, Jeremy Paxman, has said that the top-heavy, lumbering organisation should adopt an alternative funding model to the TV licence fee.

Speaking to a crowd at the annual Hay Festival, the former BBC Newsnight host said: "Look how the likes of Netflix and Amazon now take extraordinary amounts of money from huge numbers of people electronically. Why can’t the BBC wake up to this?"

Paxman, who still presents BBC Two quiz show University Challenge, added that the BBC had "far too many bosses and is big and lumbering".

A TV licence is legally required for any property where equipment is used or installed to receive TV programmes at the time they are broadcast. A TV licence is required irrespective of the channel a person chooses to watch, even though the revenue generated - some £3.6 billion per year - goes exclusively to the BBC.

Since 1st September 2016 a TV licence has also been required to watch or download BBC on-demand programmes via the iPlayer, however, a TV licence is not legally required to watch on download on-demand programmes via non-BBC platforms.

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

BBC Becomes Moral Guardian of the Web

The BBC is on a moral crusade to clean up cyberspace.

The Corporation's oh so virtuous bosses have introduced a new privacy policy that means users of BBC web services could be reported to their employers, schools, universities or police if they post inappropriate comments.

The BBC Privacy and Cookies policy, which was updated a few days ago, reads as follows: "If you post or send offensive, inappropriate or objectionable content anywhere on or to BBC websites or otherwise engage in any disruptive behaviour on any BBC service, the BBC may use your personal information to stop such behaviour.

"Where the BBC reasonably believes that you are or may be in breach of any applicable laws (e.g. because content you have posted may be defamatory), the BBC may use your personal information to inform relevant third parties such as your employer, school email/internet provider or law enforcement agencies about the content and your behaviour."

Taking a break from polishing his halo, a BBC spokesman said: "This wording isn't new - it is standard in many privacy policies, including some newspapers, and has been in ours since 2003.

"It's designed to let people know that there may be circumstances where the BBC would take action, if we believed it was warranted by serious unlawful behaviour - for example if someone was at risk."

The double standards of the BBC are beyond the pale.

It pretends to be a shining beacon of morality and represent the finest values and traditions of the United Kingdom, yet it spends decades turning a blind eye to rumours of child sexual abuse and routinely uses Gestapo-like tactics to bully people into paying for its woefully inadequate services.

If the BBC wants to start a campaign of social cleansing, it should look no further than its own backyard.

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

BBC Introduces iPlayer Password Protection

The BBC has reiterated the imminent arrival of password protection for its iPlayer service.

As previously reported on the TV Licensing Blog, the Government gave the green light to password protection last September. The reason the story is appearing back in the news is because of the BBC's intention to flick the switch before the end of May.

Since 1st September 2016 it has been an offence to watch or download live or on-demand (visual) programmes from the BBC iPlayer without a valid TV licence. A TV licence is not, however, required to listen to or download radio programmes from the BBC iPlayer, nor is one required to download S4C programmes via that platform. That being the case an unlicensed person could, in certain circumstances, use the BBC iPlayer perfectly legally.

The BBC has denied that the introduction of user authentication is a measure to crack down on TV licence evaders. It has to be said that on this rare occasion, given our earlier comments about radio content, we do actually believe them.

According to the national broadcaster, the introduction of passwords will allow greater personalisation of the iPlayer for its users. For example, the system will be able to suggest programmes based on past viewing/listening habits. In the longer term the BBC plans on offering certain paid services via the iPlayer, which is another reason for the move towards user authentication.

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